American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin Unveiled (Updated)

by Mike Unser on January 12, 2017 · 187 comments

Kicking off a yearlong celebration of its 225th anniversary, the United States Mint unveiled the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin in a ceremony today at the Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.

2017-W $100 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, Obverse, Edge and Obverse

Images of the obverse, edge and reverse of the 1792-2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin

Highlights of the 225th anniversary coin include an ounce of .9999 fine gold, an increased level of detail, a proof finish, raised edge lettering with stars, and a 1792-2017 duel date.

Then there is the design. Its obverse or heads side depicts Liberty as an African-American woman, facing left, wearing a crown of stars in homage to the bronze Statue of Freedom topping the dome of the U.S. Capitol, representing the traditional hopeful ideas of liberty while offering a hint of the possibilities that the future may hold.

American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, Crown of Stars

The coin’s crown of stars pays homage to the Statue of Freedom

Crown of Stars of Statue of Freedom

The crown of stars on the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome

U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Justin Kunz created the portrait while U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill sculpted it. Their initials, JK and PH, appear on the design along with surrounding inscriptions of LIBERTY, the years 1792 and 2017, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

2017-W $100 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, Obverse

A closer look at the coin’s obverse or heads side

The reverse or tails side depicts an American eagle in flight with circling inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, 100 DOLLARS, and 1OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD. Toward the bottom left is a ‘W’ mintmark, denoting its production at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point, New York.

2017-W $100 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, Reverse

A closer look at the coin’s reverse or tails side

Initials of CTC and MG complete the artwork, representing U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Chris T. Costello and U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

Adding to its collectible appeal, edges of the high-relief gold coin show raised lettering of 225TH ANNIVERSARY and 13 five-point stars.

2017-W $100 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, Edge

The gold coin’s edge has raised lettering and 13 stars

After reviewing candidates, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended both designs in March 2016.

The 24-karat gold coin is scheduled to launch sometime in the spring. Companion silver medals with the same designs should follow by summertime. It extends the high-relief $100 series, with the first issue in 2015 capturing sales of more than 49,000. Two silver medals followed in 2016 and quickly sold out.

Photos of 2015 $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

Here are several CoinNews photos of the 2015 $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin. Its sales reached 73.3% of maximum within the first day.


Photos of 2016 American Liberty Silver Medals

CoinNews photos of companion 2016 American Liberty Silver Medals

The April 2, 1792 Act of Congress authorized Bureau of the Mint and the construction of its first building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Update (Jan 12): In a news release, the U.S. Mint announced that the 225th anniversary gold coin will launch on April 6. In addition, the bureau said the coin is:

"The first in a series of 24-karat gold coins that will feature designs which depict an allegorical Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms-including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others-to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States. These 24-karat gold coins will be issued biennially."

The news release also stated that the gold piece will ship in a custom designed, black wood presentation case along with a 225th anniversary booklet and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Update (Jan 13): The United States Mint published a video showing production stages of the gold coin, as well as some completed examples in their packaging. The Mint’s footage is embedded below.

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one fine dime January 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

@CoinsA-Z
This press release from treasury.gov discusses the ethnic representations on this and forthcoming gold liberty issues:

https://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Unveiling-the-Future-of-Liberty-.aspx

CoinsA-Z January 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm

one fine dime, thank you….that corroborates what I was already convinced of….that there is no specific ethnicity that Liberty is supposed to be and red flags are raised every time someone denounce the coin design because of the race (or ethnic facial features) depicted.

I look forward to the coin’s release.

Mouse January 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

I am very much looking forward to adding this beautiful coin design into my collection.

Mouse

S. Morgan January 17, 2017 at 11:54 am

Me too. What will be your strategy for getting in early before sell-out?

joe#2 January 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

S. Morgan. imo, You won’t have to worry with 100k mintage of a fast sell out…lol

Michael January 18, 2017 at 1:24 am

Why such a radical change in the design of the coin?? The Goddess of Liberty has ALWAYS had features resembling that of a woman of European descent.

CoinsA-Z January 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

I’ll be ordering early even though I doubt the coin will sell out within the first week or two…..but stranger things have happened.

one fine dime January 18, 2017 at 8:27 am

Please, by all means, feel free to move back to Europe Michael. This is America, an ethnically diverse nation. A salad bowl, a melting pot, what have you. E Pluribus Unum!

linette preston January 18, 2017 at 11:50 am

Michael
Please research the original Statue of Liberty that was presented to The USA but was rejected due to its resembling an African Women.
The Statue of Liberty was originally a black woman. The actual model that posed for the statue was also a black woman. The statue was a gift from France to America to celebrate the role black soldiers played in winning the Civil War.

linette preston January 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

The Statue of Liberty was originally a black woman. The actual model that posed for the statue was also a black woman. The statue was a gift from France to America to celebrate the role black soldiers played in winning the Civil War.

CoinsA-Z January 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Well put, one fine dime and Linette. It’s sad to see that some people here hold views that are so race discriminatory.

S. Morgan January 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Thank you Linette
It is unfortunate that so many are miseducated and ignorant about the history of this country. We should start another discussion about the pyramids all across America and the people who built them.Wouldn’t that be informative. LOL

Mike January 18, 2017 at 6:11 pm

All you left wing babies miss the point about the coin from folks like myself. First the coin is butt crack ugly not because the coin has a portrait of a god ugly woman who happens to be black. It could have been a white woman and be ugly as hell also. The mint in the past has had black and other none white folks on the coins that turned out nice. I don’t give a shit that she in black. So you left winger tree huggers stop your crying. Buy up all of this coin you like.
Make America Great Again.
God Bless all our COPS>

Michael January 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

HA!! You liberals certainly don’t mind calling someone a ‘racist’ whenever a question is asked like the one I asked, do you? “Go back to Europe” and calling my views “discriminatory”. And to LINETTE PRESTON, who urged me to “research the original Statue of Liberty that was presented to The USA but was rejected due to its resembling an African Women.” Well LINETTE, I actually DID look into this…and you are sadly wrong. According to the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
“There is no evidence that Bartholdi’s “original” design was perceived by white American supporters or the United States government as representing a black woman, or was changed on those grounds. We found no corroborating evidence that Edouard Laboulaye or Auguste Bartholdi intended to depict Liberty as a black woman.” http://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/black-statue-of-liberty.htm

Vanda H January 18, 2017 at 11:51 pm

If you read further in the article you quoted, it also says: The temporal proximity and aesthetic overlap between Bartholdi’s Egyptian proposal and the Statue of Liberty project, and the preliminary nature of the statue’s study models, makes it impossible to rule out an 1870-71 Liberty model that has design origins in Bartholdi’s drawings of black Egyptian women in 1856.

So while one of the models for the SOL May not have been an African-American woman, she was still a black woman from Egypt. Additionally, the statute was designed by an abolitionist who supported Abraham Lincoln and saw the statue is a symbol for the abolishment of slavery in America and in his own country.

DD January 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

You anticipate that this coin is going to cost $100K? ? I was definitely hoping to purchase one.

CoinsA-Z January 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Thank you Vanda for setting the record straight with Michael who bizarrely continues to defend racist attitudes.

CoinsA-Z January 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

It’s quite astonishing that Right Wing fanatics who make comments in this thread have fooled themselves into believing that anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their racist views must be Lefty Liberals. In fact, they are employing red herring tactics (to deflect from the actual issue) because this has nothing to do with political views for those who have been critical of the racist attitude displayed by some and everything to do with that racist attitude.

one fine dime January 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Why such a radical change in the design of the coin?? The Goddess of Liberty has ALWAYS had features resembling that of a woman of European descent.”

Ok, I’ll answer your question Michael (i.e,. do your research for you).

See page two of this March 22, 2016 letter from the CCAC to the Treasury Secretary: https://www.ccac.gov/media/calendar/lettersToSecretary/2016_0315.pdf

Art January 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful coin! Cant wait to get my hands on one.

joera January 29, 2017 at 4:42 am

There are comments here that I have read before and comments that I have posted myself… that I cannot find anymore. Around 100 of them. ??

Danny Morano January 29, 2017 at 7:06 am

Radical idea, how about the “GOD OF LIBERTY”
DrWho7

Danny Morano January 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

Just looked at the Mints website. All the Gold coins minted except the tenth ounce Mercury Dimes are still for sale from what I can see. Hmmm?
DrWho7

CoinsA-Z January 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

That series of gold coins is one of the least inspiring coin series the US Mint has produced. I’m very much looking forward to the release of the 2017 gold American Liberty coin though.

Danny Morano January 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I wasn’t just talking about the Dime, Quarter and 50 cent piece, I was referring to all the Gold coins the mint made. I’m pretty sure only the Dime sold out.100yr, 30yr. And 10yr. anniversary coins and only the Mercury Dimes sold out? Does anybody know if the 30yr. Anniversary Proof and Burnished Eagles sold out. I know it really wasn’t their 30th anniversary but, there was the edged lettering on them.
DrWho7

Danny Morano January 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

The Burnished Eagles that is.
DrWho7

joera January 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Danny Morano
I just came from the US Mint website and the 2016 Silver Eagles are still there. They both came out very late in the year. The proof didn’t come out till Dec, if I remember right.

niggy February 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

I`m going to pass on this “politically correct” offering , thank you.

niggy February 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

@ one fine dime …………. and why don`t YOU go back to darkest AFRICA !!!

one fine dime February 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm

“go back” niggy?! never been. and my ancestors are from eastern europe. how bout you?

CoinsA-Z February 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm

“I`m going to pass on this “politically correct” offering”

There’s nothing politically correct about this coin…it’s a coin with a depiction of a black American woman. That you don’t like blacks or women on coins is a you problem.

S. Morgan February 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm

You dunce, your ancestors are Africans. Black africans were the first people. You came from African genes. Africans created and mutated you. Go learn the history that has obviously been hidden from you. Need books, I can help with that. Check youtube. Read Herodotus and the book of the beginnings.
Why do you think you are in Iraq, and Afghanistan fighting a war? It is not about oil❗️Look at the banned travel countries. It not about Islam, it is about the Mohammedans.
Eastern european? Who do you think Thor was?

S. Morgan February 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Two Books with which to start reading:

The African Origins of Civilization/ Cheikh Anta Diop
The Book of the Beginnings/ Gerald Massey

Nick Giotta March 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

This is a ugly design forced on the Mint by the last administration. This design is another divisive wedge to cause our country to either be for it or ageist it based on race. The socialist have done this with immigration, speech, religion, gender and even law enforcement This is promoted and advanced by the main stream media’s false, fake, distorted and slanted stories. Along with 47 percent of population on the dole from the state and feds. who don’t want to lose their free tax money. This design along with other minorities that are going to be put on this coin. BAD it does not show our history or European culture

CoinsA-Z March 9, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Nick, what you write is patently absurd. First of all, the “last administration” didn’t force this design on the US Mint. Next, there’s nothing divisive about the design, only your attitude is divisive. Third, “the socialists” have nothing to do with this design. Additionally, the MSM isn’t part of the decision making process…no need to even bring the MSM into this discussion. Finally, that you clearly seem to hate that a black woman is on a coin is your shortcoming and deficit alone. It’s finally time for you to grow up, Nick.

bill April 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

I think the coin is ugly.
Those stars make it look comical.
Think I will pass on this one.

S. Morgan April 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Can’t wait for Thursday‼️

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